Think Digestion™!  Think about all the microbes in our gut – there are trillions of microbes living together to make up a very special environment, what scientists call the microbiome. These microbes are actually very important for the physical and mental well-being for members of your whole family, at every age.  Supporting brain health and gut health is what vivaNUTRITION® is all about.

There is growing evidence that the microbiome plays a very important role with the brain. The microbiome controls the production of neurotransmitters, the way our body exerts influence on our overall health, mood and behavior.  Scientists call this interaction the Gut-Brain Axis. With Probiotics, Prebiotics, DHA and Fiber, in both foods and dietary supplements, vivaNUTRITION® is dedicated to support a healthy Gut-Brain axis for your whole family.
(source: Cryan & Dinan, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 2012)

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What are probiotics?

Probiotics are defined as living microorganisms that provide health benefits, when consumed in sufficient amounts by a treated host. Probiotics are an exciting topic of private and government sponsored research and development because they can be added to diets to affect preventative health care. The majority of the probiotics are of the Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus strains, with Bifidobacterium being the most predominant in the human intestine.

In a survey conducted of nearly 500 people in 2007 by the International Food Information Council, 58% were aware of potential digestive health benefits of probiotics; 54% were aware of potential immune system health benefits of probiotics; about 40% were taking products containing probiotics; and 45%–48% were likely/somewhat likely to consume such products.

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How were probiotics discovered?

Humans have consumed fermented milk for thousands of years for health benefits, but it was not until the 20th century that scientific research was conducted to confirm and determine the cause.

Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov, a Nobel Prize winner, a Russian microbiologist working at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, discovered lactic acid bacteria, and their role in the fermentation of milk and yogurt production. He observed the long and healthy life span of the Bulgarian people with their consumption of these fermented milk products, and proposed that these fermenting bacteria had a positive impact on the microorganisms and toxicity of the colon2 His studies into the relationship between lactic acid bacteria and the health benefits of yogurt became the foundation modern probiotic development.  The first industrially produced yogurt was developed according to the theories of Mechnikov to help children suffering from bowel health difficulties and was sold in pharmacies.

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How are probiotics being used in research today?

There have been a number of investigations into probiotics and their benefits for the gastrointestinal tract. Recent research has even shown that in addition to supporting the digestive system, probiotics can aid other areas of health as well, including supporting healthy cellular growth and response.

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Why did vivaNUTRITION® select the probiotic BB-12®!?

BB-12 is a naturally-occurring probiotic found in a lot of dairy products (this is one of the best benefits of milk fed to growing children). This isolated strain of bacteria – Bifidobacterium Animalis sp.Lactis – has been used in food products and nutritional supplements since 1985, and its benefits have been demonstrated in over 100 clinical studies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted it a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status.

VivaNUTRITION PROBIOTICS is manufactured in collaboration with Chr. Hansen A/S, a company world leader in collecting dairy cultures, at their GMP-compliant facilities in Denmark. vivaNUTRITION products containing BB-12 help children overcome diarrhea, gas and bloating (thank you healthy bacteria).  BB-12 is also considered to be the best probiotic for constipation, so you can be sure that it will help your kid if he/she has this problem.

We make our probiotics delicious so your kids will love the taste of vivaNUTRITION. Its nutrition-rich content will give them the energy the need to run, jump and play around. Happier tummies and healthier children make for more relaxed parents. Now moms and dads won’t have to worry about their children having tummy trouble or falling ill as often.

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Advantages of the vivaNUTRITION Probiotic BB-12

Some of the possible, positive effects of this probiotic are:

  • Supports your immune system*
  • Supports stomach comfort*
  • Supports proper, normal bowel function
  • Supports positive, normal mood in young children
  • Promotes healthy respiratory system*
  • Supports healthier, smoother skin*
  • Unlike other strains, BB-12 is very stable in Food applications and in powders, such as our vivaNUTRITION formulation.

BB-12 is a registered trademark of Chr.Hansen A/S

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